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Josh McNary’s NFL Debut Impresses Chuck Pagano

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 4, 2013 – 9:00 am

As Josh McNary was packing things up in his locker Sunday afternoon, he made sure to throw a couple of game programs in his duffel bag before zipping up.

It was a memento that his family would undoubtedly appreciate to signify the NFL debut for the Army product.temp2013_1201_TEN_5507--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

McNary, who fulfilled his commitment to the Army the past three years, played a total of 21 snaps in Sunday’s 22-14 victory.

“It felt really good to finally get a taste of a sense of the game speed, sense of the intensity out there and the guys playing at this level,” McNary said on Sunday. “It was a real valuable experience for me to practice on in knowing what to expect.”

While McNary played 18 of his 21 snaps on special teams, the Colts utilized him in passing situations at inside linebacker.

After his NFL debut, McNary admitted that he’s still refining his skills to become a “true” inside linebacker.

Chuck Pagano liked what he saw from McNary on Sunday including a crucial quarterback hurry on a third down pass late in the third quarter.

“The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball,” Pagano said recalling the incomplete pass.

“That was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”

Before last week, it appeared as if McNary’s first season in the NFL would be spent on the Colts practice squad.

However, that all changed just prior to Thanksgiving and now McNary is playing significant snaps for a team on the fringe of an AFC South title.

“Do you really need another incentive to play the game?” McNary said. “This only adds more and more motivation and just more reason to grind hard, day-in-and-day-out during the practice week and do more because you know you are playing on the big stage, playing for a lot.”


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Pagano talks Ricky Jean Francois injury, Sergio Brown’s Pro Bowl hopes and more on radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 3, 2013 – 9:17 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 22-14 win over the Titans

On getting a win, even if it was “ugly”:

“We will take them anyway we can get them. We know how difficult it is to win football games in the National Football League. Good football team that came in here (Sunday), playing for the same thing that we’re playing for—a division crown. We knew it was going to be an alley fight, a brawl like I heard a couple of our players talk about it, and it was. It was a 60-minute slugfest and we came out on the winning side of the game. We are never going to apologize for a W.”

On the injury to Ricky Jean Francois:

“Similar injury to what Bjoern (Werner) had during the season, slight tear to the plantar fascia, which is a foot injury. It will cost him a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’s a little less then what Bjoern went through. Ricky Jean has been playing lights out and was having one whale of a ball game (Sunday). He’s been playing really good football for us. Hate to lose him.”

On the four takeaways and Cassius Vaughn’s two interceptions:

“He had a great week of practice, prepared really well and was bound and determined to go out there and play really good football for us and give us everything that he had. He certainly did that. For him to come up with two interceptions, that wasn’t the only production that he had in the ball game. He was steady throughout. Plus three in the turnover margin, you are going to win a lot of football games.”

On special teamer Sergio Brown playing with a broken hand:

“I’d be reminisced if we didn’t talk about him and I’m glad you brought him up because he’s been playing great all year. If he isn’t in Hawaii, I’d be shocked. He’s played great football all year and to have surgery Tuesday morning, put a plate in his hand, put a cast over the top of that thing then to go play the way he played, there’s no tougher guy on our football team than Sergio Brown. I respect that kid so much and what he does for this program, our team and for this organization. Just hats off to him.”

On when he starts looking for playoff scenarios:

“When they start (laughs). In all honestly, we’ve just got to stick to the process. We are in the last quarter of the season. For us to get ahead of ourselves and start worrying about seedings and who you might play and who has to do what, I think that’s just a recipe for disaster. Our focus and mindset has to be on one thing and one thing only and that’s this upcoming ballgame.”

On if linebacker Josh McNary will play more on passing downs moving forward:

“He had an opportunity. We had a little package put together for Josh. He played a lot more plays on special teams and did a nice job for us. The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball. Obviously that thing sailed right over everybody in the backend and that was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”


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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” is Kelvin Sheppard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 2, 2013 – 11:31 am

Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Tennessee.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

Considering the amount of snaps linebacker Kelvin Sheppard played on Sunday his production was quite impressive.Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 11.27.35 AM

The third-year linebacker had five tackles in 21 defensive snaps and was a major reason why the Colts defense put together its best effort in over a month.

“Really proud of the defense playing the way they did,” head coach Chuck Pagano said after the 22-14 win. “They were asked time and time and time again to go out there and make stops and got off the field against a team that came in doing a really good job on third down.

Sheppard has seen a variety of playing time in his first season with the Colts and has accounted for 11 tackles the last two weeks.

The Colts acquired Sheppard via trade for outside linebacker Jerry Hughes in late April.

At 256 pounds, Sheppard gives the Colts a physical presence at inside linebacker that is critical in stopping the opponents rushing attack.

That was once again the case on Sunday as the Colts held Chris Johnson to just 3.8 yards per carry with his longest rushing being just nine yards.

“It took every man that was donning a jersey on that side of the ball to get the job done,” Pagano said of the defense. “Every one of them that played tonight went in there and gave everything they’ve got and again, getting off the field was a major emphasis during the week, and obviously we’re always stressing turnovers.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Safety LaRon Landry was roaming the middle of the field all afternoon Sunday. He recorded four tackles, including a four-yard loss on a screen pass.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden returned from his one game suspension and played all 75 defensive snaps. Walden had four tackles and one pass deflection.

Inside Linebacker Josh McNary made his NFL debut on Sunday and played a total 21 snaps. In McNary’s three defensive snaps, the Army product recorded a quarterback hurry.


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Day 12 Impressions: Bradshaw off PUP, the search for another WR and the outlook for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Colts were back in Anderson on Tuesday to wrap up their final week at Anderson University.

Even though the players were not in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, you couldn’t tell by the physical nature of the 90-minute practice.

Here are three takeaways from day 12…

Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP, but still rehabbing: Like he has done for the majority of the past two weeks of practice, Ahmad Bradshaw was busy rehabbing during the Colts afternoon practice.

Bradshaw said following Tuesday morning’s walk-through that he would like to get some playing time during the Colts third preseason game.

Chuck Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance and pointed to an “angry, downhill” running style of Bradshaw to help that cause.

The NFL is a multiple-back league and having a multi 1,000-yard rusher in Bradshaw would aid Pep Hamilton’s rushing attack.

Will another wide receiver emerge? Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton (in whatever order you want) are the Colts top three wideouts.

It appears as if Griff Whalen is the No. 4 man but he is day-to-day after suffering a groin injury against the Bills.

Who’s next?

LaVon Brazill would seem to be the guy but he will miss the first month of the season.

How about Nathan Palmer? Or Jabin Sambrano?

A fifth wide receiver (not Brazill) will in all likelihood dress for the first four games of the season so these next three preseason games should go a long way in deciding that spot.

What’s in store for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary?: Some of the more interesting sights on Tuesday was seeing Adongo in pads and going through positional drills.

It appears Adongo’s biceps injury has pushed his growth back a bit so a practice squad position is probably the best case scenario for the rugby star.

Josh McNary is still recovering from a hamstring injury but when he’s been on the field he has produced.

The West Point product was signaled out by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for his play early in training camp, even though McNary is making the transition to a new position at inside linebacker (granted he hasn’t played any football since 2010).

McNary was in the thick of the ILB position battle so getting him back on the practice field will be an interesting topic to watch moving forward.


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Burning Topics heading into the final week of Colts Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 12, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Colts will conclude their 2013 training camp at Anderson University this Friday.

Practices will take place each afternoon through Thursday, before a final Friday morning session wraps up three weeks in Anderson.

With a preseason game in the books, here’s a look at five topics to focus on before the Colts travel east this weekend to take on the New York Giants.

Andrew Luck looking for scoring drives: It was a short, but solid, afternoon for the Colts first-team offense on Sunday.

Luck admitted to a mental error with his cadence at the line of scrimmage that led to a sack. Also, a Coby Fleener fumble ended a potential scoring drive.

Against the Bills, Luck was 4-of-6 for 41 yards. Expect the Colts second-year quarterback to get a few more series of action on Sunday night.

Putting together sustained drives, ending in points, is a point of emphasis this week.

Getting DHB his first catch with the Colts: Darrius Heyward-Bey is still working his way back from a knee sprain.

He ran with the first unit against the Bills but did not record a catch.

Expect DHB to get some more 11-on-11 work in practice this week as the Colts try to solidify a potent top three receiver group in Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and DHB.

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Starting offensive line needs to stay in tact: This goes without saying but given the depth behind the starting five, keeping the current unit healthy is vital.

Each member of the starting five has been out there for every practice during training camp which is a welcoming sign with two new starters being brought in.

Backup Joe Reitz got multiple quarters at left tackle against the Bills after primarily working at guard in the early part of training camp.

If the Colts can get rookies Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes back out on the practice field than the offensive line would have some depth as the midway point of the preseason approaches.

LB-Justin Hickman could be done for the year: Chuck Pagano said Hickman’s foot injury suffered against the Bills is potentially season ending.

Hickman was starting at ILB on Sunday with Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey and Josh McNary all sidelined with injuries.

The competition for a starting spot next to Freeman seems to be between Kavell Conner and Kelvin Sheppard, at least until the names mentioned above return from various injuries.

Waiting for the debuts of LaRon Landry and Bjoern Werner: Two of the Colts more intriguing defenders sat out against Buffalo with minor injuries.

Having Werner back out on the field this week, as Pagano said he expects, will help a Colts pass rush that recorded just one sack and one quarterback hurry in the preseason opener.

At the backend of the defense, the Colts missed five safeties with Landry the headliner of the group.

If Landry makes his debut next weekend, he will do it in the stadium that he called home in 2012 with the New York Jets.

Also, the Giants are an opponent Landry knows well after five seasons with the Washington Redskins.


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Day Eight Impressions: Competition behind DHB, new names at ILB and Greg Toler returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2013 – 4:58 pm

The Colts spent most of Monday afternoon’s practice drilling specific situations (Hail Mary, last second field goals, getting out of bounds, etc).

During the live portion of practice though, Andrew Luck caught fire early on, connecting on his first 10 passes.

Here are three takeaways from day eight…

DHB’s injury “not serious”: Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice on Monday afternoon, watching from behind the receivers group.

The Colts said the injury is “not serious” following practice but without DHB in the lineup the door is open for some significant receiver reps.

T.Y. Hilton added yet another strong day of practice to his impressive training camp. Hilton caught four of Luck’s first seven passes on Monday.

Griff Whalen and Nathan Palmer should see their reps increase with DHB sidelined. Also, Jeremy Kelley and Lanear Sampson have had a nice first week of camp.

Inside Linebacker spot filled with competition: Colts fans were checking their rosters frequently on Monday with some different names sliding into the inside linebackers spot.

Jerrell Freeman was sidelined with a shoulder injury on Monday, which gave some first team reps to Justin Hickman.

Last year, Hickman played extensively on the outside but this year he has also been taking reps at inside and was with the first unit for a quite a while on Monday.

Other names that Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky mentioned for the starting spot next to Freeman includes Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Pat Angerer and Josh McNary.

Cornerbacks welcome back Greg Toler: Back with the first unit on Monday afternoon was Colts cornerback Greg Toler.

While Toler was back with the first unit, it was Vontae Davis and Darius Butler who both added to their numerous camp pass deflections.

After Davis was victim of a terrific catch by Reggie Wayne during red zone drills, he bounced back the following play knocking a potential touchdown away from the Colts six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Earlier in practice it was Butler leaping high in the air to knock away a pass that would have been a significant gain for Wayne.

 

 

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 1st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 1, 2013 – 8:55 am

The Colts had their second padded practice of 2013 on Wednesday. In today’s news, Mike Chappell takes a look at the physical nature of Wednesday’s practice along with the addition of a true fullback to the offense. Terre Haute Tribune’s Tom James leads off his daily notebook with a piece on the Colts personnel department’s dedication to not leaving a stone unturned.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 1st.  

Meet Stanley Havili, Colts fullback. Yes, fullback

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

After over a decade of utilizing anything but a fullback to line up in front of the running back, the Colts have their fullback.

Chappell tells a great story about new fullback Stanley Havili meeting a person at church during the offseason.

“I introduced myself, ‘Hi, I play for the Colts.’ ”

What position do you play?

“I play fullback.”

Wait, the Colts don’t have a fullback.

Again, a grin crept across Havili’s face. He knew the irregular relationship between the Colts and fullbacks.

“I’m pretty aware (fullbacks) are foreign here,” he said.

5 scenes from Colts Camp: Including keeping everybody happy and NT Josh Chapman blowing up plays

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell takes a look at his five takeaways from Wednesday’s practice.

Here’s a look at two of his scenes where the Colts are spreading the ball around offensively and new linebacker Josh McNary’s versatility.

“Our guys have bought in that you have to be selfless,” Pep Hamilton said. “Andrew does a good job of going through his progressions and finding ways to get the football to the right guys.”

“For the most part, it’s exactly like riding a bike,” McNary said of never forgetting what to do on the football field. “There’s a few particulars, a few skill sets that you kind of have to knock the rust off of, like hand placement and some of the finesse moves that you would use.

“But yeah, for the most part, everything I would use, primarily in the pass rush and in the position specifically that I played in college, all of that stuff came back to me really quick.”

CAMP SCENE: Grigson going extra mile to improve Colts’ roster

By: Tom James, Tribune-Star

James massive notebook leads off with a look at Ryan Grigson and his personnel staff’s determination to not leave any stone unturned.

The notebook includes a plethora of items but leads off with Grigson’s comments.

“I don’t discriminate. I would see guys in those [other professional] leagues where I’d say, ‘Heck, I was in three NFL training camps. That guy can play. Why is he in this league?’ I just figure we scour those leagues as best we can and maybe we look at 250 guys and we find three guys that look like suspects and out of those three suspects, one guy can play,” Grigson explained earlier in the week.

“We had a bunch of guys and that’s a credit to our pro scouts. They actually have part of their job description is to study those other leagues and to get film. It’s getting easier with the technology we have now and the internet and being able to upload those things, but the tape quality is always not that good. But when you’re looking at players from small schools in the same way in the college evaluation process, it takes patience. You have to have guys that are willing to grind. If you have patience and you have a go-getter mindset, like I feel like our scouts have and work so hard, they’re going to find a way to find players.”

 

 

 

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 31st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 7:42 am

The Colts were in pads for the first time in training camp on Wednesday. Today’s headlines includes a wonderful feature on Andrew Luck, some observations from Mike Chappell on Tuesday’s practice and a look into the growth of T.Y. Hilton.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, July 31st.  

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts aiming to top heights of 2012

By: Kimberly Jones, NFL.com

A tremendous piece from Jones on the Colts signal caller and his growth moving into year two.

Here are a few tidbits from the article…

“Right when you see a throw you think you might never see again, five or 10 plays later, you see another ‘wow’ play,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a quiet moment after practice. “He’s just loaded with them.”

As Wayne, the 12-year veteran, said, “I’m ‘Team Luck,’ you know? I’m all behind him. He’s going to be really good, he really is.”

There’s a reason Luck was given the nickname of “Meal Ticket” last season. Second-year tight end Dwayne Allen explained: “Because he’s everyone’s meal ticket. If he doesn’t perform, nobody eats.”

Luck’s reaction? “He just blows it off,” Allen said with a laugh.

His nickname this season? “Still ‘Meal Ticket,’ ” Allen said.

5 Colts observations: 1st day in pads, RB Ahmad Bradshaw injury update and LB/lieutenant Josh McNary returns

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell broke down his five thoughts from Tuesday’s first padded practice of 2013.

Prior to practice, coach Chuck Pagano noted the manner with which he wants his players to approach padded practices: “We want to be competitive, but not combative.”

Chappell takes a look at Antoine Bethea’s new baby girl, charting of Andrew Luck, an injury update on the Colts and the arrival of Josh McNary.

“I think the quote of the day was (GM Ryan) Grigson approaching me, telling me, ‘It’s just like riding a bike.’ He hit it right on the head,” McNary said. “I was kind of concerned going into it, whether if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”

Colts in good hands with Hilton

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

It’s been a nice start to camp for second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Expectations have risen in year two but Hilton feels comfortable in the Colts new offense, alongside Reggie Wayne.

“We know it’s going to be harder,” Hilton said. “Guys are going to expect that. But we did a great job in Miami getting the timing down. He knows where I’m going to be, and I know what he is thinking. So, right now, it should just be fun and just go deep.”

Where exactly Hilton lines up in year two remains to be seen but rest assured he will get his touches.

“That guy’s a freak,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I’d hate to be the guy on the opposite side of the ball. I know our defensive guys make sure they know where he’s at all the time. He just keeps growing and growing and growing.”

 

 

 


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Day 3 Impressions: The physicality of pads, Josh McNary’s arrival and the depth in the trenches

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 30, 2013 – 7:04 pm

Mother Nature held off long enough on Tuesday as the Colts got through their first padded practice of the year.

The hitting was revved up during the afternoon practice with the running game being the focal point.

Here are three takeaways from day three…

Physicality taken to another level: The first of nine padded practices are in the books after Tuesday’s afternoon session.

The hitting started early and often with 1-on-1 drills between the running backs and linebackers and then the offensive and defensive lines.

Some of the biggest hits on the afternoon came from inside linebacker Kavell Conner and new safety LaRon Landry.

It might not have the excitement of a two-minute drill but watching blocking drills can be very telling of who will see playing time on a team that has preached physicality since the start of training camp .

Over the next few weeks the competition should separate themselves with the running game continued to be focused on with the padded practices underway.

Click here to watch Coach Pagano talk with the media on Tuesday

Josh McNary can still ride this bike: The Colts welcomed linebacker Josh McNary fresh off his service in the Army.

McNary trotted out to practice early in the afternoon and wasted no time making an impression.

He dominated his first two reps in one-on-one drills and showed the pass rushing prowess that led him to set Army’s school record for sacks (28.0).

Ryan Grigson told McNary before practice that being back out on the football field “would be like riding a bike” and the 251-pound outside linebacker agreed with that sentiment following his first NFL practice.

McNary’s progress will be interesting to watch at one of the Colts deepest positions.

Depth on lines critical moving forward: Perhaps no position on the football field has to rely on more bodies during the course of the game than the defensive line.

After day one, it’s pretty clear the Colts have a ton of defensive line depth with rookies Montori Hughes and Bjoern Werner (with his hand on the ground) winning a majority of their reps.

Having guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis and Hughes not running with the first team just shows how deep the line can be.

On the other side of the ball, the Colts are still waiting to see what they have in picks Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes.

Thornton is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered late last week.

Holmes now joins his fellow rookie on the sideline after the Colts fourth round draft pick left Tuesday’s afternoon practice with a right ankle injury.

Joe Reitz seems to be firmly entrenched as the Colts sixth offensive lineman, seeing some time in jumbo packages on Tuesday.

Click here to watch Tuesday’s daily recap with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 12TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 12, 2013 – 6:49 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts cheerleader tryouts: It’s down to the wire
Colts sign Army lieutenant/linebacker Josh McNary
NFL latest stadium change: More crowd noise
Colts roster breakdown: Sizing up receivers, tight ends
Colts best draft picks: No. 7, WR Reggie Wayne
Colts look to military for reinforcements
Army officer ready to take his shot with Colts
Pagano urges others to make plan, stick to it to overcome life’s biggest obstacles
Colts turn to the Army for a prospect

COLTS.COM
2013 NFL Draft: wide receivers
Colts top draft pick: quarterback
McNary to don blue

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Video: Gruden’s review of Matt Barkley
It’s coffee and cardio for Dave Caldwell
Will Titans’ offense look like Texans
Jennings departs, Dobbins returns

NFL NEWS
Arian Foster reaches semifinals in Madden cover vote
Tennessee Titans Marc Marianai believes injury recovers is on schedule
Jacksonville a good fit for new Jaguars DT Sen’Derrick Marks
Leagues prepare for day when gat athlete comes out
Ex-WR Sam Hurd pleads guilty
Jags eye 2 players for No. 2 pick
Financial regulators say multiple NFL, NBA players ensnared in $18 million investment scheme
You can thank NFLPA’s Foxworth for big changes in Pro Bowl
NFL chief marketing officer Mark Waller shares his thoughts on European expansion

AFC TEAM NEWS
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots decide to delay surgery
Former quarterback Jeff Garcia believes Tim Tebow can only hurt NY Jets
Tracking Danario Alexander

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants’ Justin Tuck hopes Victor Cruz is at offseason workouts Monday
Te’o will be solid draft pick


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